RESICOVID-19. Evaluation of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on people and long-term care facilities of Catalonia and proposals for improving the care model

Abstract for the International workshop on COVID-19 and Long-Term Care systems: What have we learnt and what policies do we need to strengthen LTC systems?, 6 and 7th December 2021

Presenter: Pau Moreno-Martin (M3O research group, University of Vic-Central University of Catalonia)

Video of the presentation (see 25:05):

Pau Moreno-Martin: LTC-COVID Webinar 6 – 7 Devember 2021


Care homes are probably where the impact by Covid-19 pandemic has been more significant, especially the ones for old people. Beyond the death toll it is likely that there have been many and significant effects on psychological and social well-being of the residents, their families, and professionals. There has been no systematic and in-depth evaluation of this reality in Catalonia, which would be crucial for planning better responses to similar situations. RESICovid-19 Project objectives are to evaluate the impact of the pandemic on people living in care homes from Catalonia, as well as on their families, workers and organisations; and to build proposals for improving the care model based on the lessons learnt. In order to do so, a research strategy with different methodologies has been designed. For the first objective the methodologies are: a Systematic literature review for an international contextualization; a Retrospective population-based study (from March 2020) with the analysis of big data from the Catalan Health Service’s Register of Morbidity and Use of Healthcare Resources of the population of Catalonia living in long-term care homes; a Mixed quantitive and qualitative multicentric cohort of care homes from Catalonia, their users, relatives and staff in order to describe their basic characteristics, experiences, care model and Covid-19 impact.  For the second objective the methodologies used are: a SWOT analyses of model and quality of care with the cohort of residents, relatives, and staff; and an international benchmarking of improvement proposals.

Co-authors and affiliations: Pau Moreno-Martin1, Montserrat Solé-Casals2, Javier Jerez-Roig1, Jordi Amblàs-Novellas2, Laura Coll-Planas1, Daniel López4, Joan Carles Martori3, Anna Ramon-Aribau2, Adelina Comas- Herrera5, Catuxa Máiz 4, Emi Chirveches-Pérez1, Montse Masó-Aguado1, Xavier Gómez-Batiste Alentorn2

1 Research group on Methodology, Methods, Models and Outcomes of Health and Social Sciences M3O). University of Vic-Central University of Catalonia (UVIC-UCC)

2 Central Catalonia Chronicity Research Group, University of Vic – Central University of Catalonia (UVIC-UCC)

3 Data Analysis and Modelling (DAM) research group. University of Vic-Central University of Catalonia (UVIC-UCC)

4 CareNet research group, Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3), Open University of Catalonia (UOC).

5 London School of economics & Political Science

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